Hi there, welcome to my website - until recently, I was a post doctoral associate at the University of Central Florida working with the Evolutionary Complexity Research Group (headed by Dr. Kenneth Stanley). My interest lies in understanding how the nervous system evolved at the primitive level. For this, I consider animats that are inspired by simple marine animals like the lamprey, a primitive vertebrate fish and the freshwater hydra, a radially symmetric jellyfish that is considered baseline in nervous system evolution. A recent framework that I developed models an anguilliform fish that swims like the lamprey and has a nervous system controller that is shaped by it’s body. My core focus is on how the body essentially shapes the evolution of neural geometry and further more, the effect that energy consumption has on this process. Previously I was at the University of Birmingham working with Xin Yao and Bernhard Sendhoff of the Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH.